This week I bought two dining chairs. I only bought 2 because A. they are expensive and B. we would like a dining bench on at least one side of the table.
I considered a lot of chair options from Overstock.com, IKEA, Target, and World Market, such as the IKEA INGOLF chair for $49 each:
I didn’t pick the INGOLF chairs because they struck me as too boring. Plus IKEA never has coupons that I know of. You can wait for IKEA Family sales, but that’s just an endless waiting game for the item you want to go on sale. I’ve never been able to predict what they’re going to include in the sales anyway.
I also looked at World Market’s Evie molded chairs in green for $70 each:
I have a 15% off coupon for World Market, so I could’ve gotten a marginally better price on the Evie chairs, but I think they are still too expensive, and I don’t LOVE that shade of green. But I do like it.
And I checked out Target’s Carlisle Dining Chairs in silver for $50 each (this style of metal bucket chair is all over the internet; lots of designers will lay a blanket or rug over each one to make it more comfortable/inviting):
The Carlisle chairs ended up looking too uncomfortable and slippery to me, although the price is right for sure. Plus, a blanket or cushion for each one just means more expense.
I ended up deciding on Target’s Threshold Windsor Dining Chairs in mint as a set of 2. I liked the fact that they had high backs and were made of wood. And I love the color. AND I mostly love that they will be mailed to my door (as opposed to IKEA which I would have to hunt down in the store and wait in the longest checkout lines known to man). And my IKEA is 366,000 sq. ft. (which is about 8.5 acres) on 15 acres of land… so it’s no joke to go on a trek through that store.
The chairs are also a pretty classic style, but with a little bit of a modern twist because they have very clean/straight lines rather than lots of rounded details.
This is an example of a more “country” style Windsor chair. Notice the detailing and edges:
So yeah…the black chairs above…not something I would pick for my home in 100 years. But very similar overall in their basic design structure to the chairs I DID pick and clearly inspired by each other. The black chairs are known as Bow Back Windsor Chairs (notice the curve of the top of the back). The mint chairs I chose are known as Fan Back Windsor Chairs (notice the way the spindles fan out at the top of the back). Windsor chairs are originally English and possibly from as far back as the 16th century. Supposedly they were eventually named for Windsor Castle in England. They likely were first inspired by the spokes of a wagon wheel. The construction is much the same as the spindles of the back are pushed into drilled holes. Originally Windsor chairs were painted, and only later did it become popular to stain them, as you see in many kitchens and dining rooms today. Their popularity grew due to their ease of portability around the house because they are so lightweight.
(Source 1 Design Sponge; Source 2 Wikipedia.)
The chairs retail for about $65 each + tax. I had a 15% off coupon and a gift card and there are is a 15% off $100 or more sale on home items (as of July 14, 2015) and free $20 gift card with purchase of $100 or more on back to college items. My gift card was for about $46 so I got the chairs for about $25 each after using my original gift card, plus I’m left with a free $20 gift card. Not a bad deal! If you factor in my free gift card I got them for $15 each, but I don’t really see it that way. ;) Here’s the breakdown of price in detail if you’re curious:
The free gift card will show up in your cart as a 2nd item that you are purchasing, which freaked me out because I thought it was some sort of ghost item that Target added and had me paying for, but nope. It’s just the gift card.
I think the mint color will go well with the weathered gray look of the dining room table I made a few weeks ago.
Ultimately it will be nice to have a place to sit that isn’t the random stool or desk chair (or even stray step ladder…) that I’m using now! Next steps are to assemble (once they arrive), see how they look, and then start looking for a dining room bench. Eventually I might want chairs at either end of the table too, but for now two chairs + a bench should be just fine. My issue with a bench at this point is that all of the ones I’ve found are either really country (for example they have turned legs) or really expensive.